By Walt Hunter
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Speaking exclusively to CBS 3, a 15-year-old high school student, whose identity we are concealing, described a terrifying attack by a gang of at least nine teenage boys as she was leaving an Interboro High School football game Monday night.
The teenage victim described first being taunted by the attackers, who followed her down a neighborhood street, cursing and spitting at her, before she was repeatedly kicked and punched, suffering at least one blow to her head.
“It was scary, just horrible, just the worst feeling in the world,” she said. “He punched me in my back and then kicked me in the back, and then punched me in the back of my head. I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t move, I couldn’t talk. I was just straight crying.”
The victim says as at least two of the teenagers pummeled her, the others cheered them on shouting, “Come on, let’s get her!” At one point, the victim says, the gang tried to throw her under the wheels of a passing car, which swerved, narrowly missing her.
“They took me by my arm and just threw me out like I was a fishing rod. I was doubled over in pain,” she said. “Everything was just a big, giant blur.”READ MORE: Here's How To Help Your Pet Stay Calm, Safe During Fourth Of July Fireworks
After being left injured in the roadway, she told CBS 3’s Walt Hunter that she staggered more than a mile to her home, worried she might not make it, before collapsing in the driveway.
Rushed by her parents to Taylor Hospital, she was medevaced to Children’s Hospital where, her parents say, she was treated for a partially collapsed lung and other injuries. After being released 48 hours after the attack, she is now recovering at home as police move forward with their investigation.
“What happened that night is beyond belief to me,” said Joe Parris, the victim’s father.
The victim and her family want to see the attackers brought to justice, and they say they are trying to comprehend what could possibly prompt a pack of strangers to viciously attack a young woman walking home from a football game.
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